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776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolución
772: Jacqui Bayne
768: Beyond the universe
767: Yasuhito Endo
766: Aroon Mahtani
765: Dr. Hidemi Akai
764: Badr Hari
763: Mizuki Kubodera
761: Patrick W. Galbraith
760: Jean-Pierre Felix
759: Philippe Grau
758: Emi Kashiwara & Elekiteru
757: Aura Virginia Chirculescu
756: Aaron Davis
755: Happy days
754: Bryan Au
753: Martin van der Linden
752: Qinggelete
751: Chuck Johnson
750: Mike Applegate (aka Magic Mike)
749: Yukie Kito
748: Steve Kaufmann
746: Samira Zarghami
745: Raising the Bar
744: Pierre-Gilles Delorme
743: David F. Hoenigman
742: Miwa Gardner
741: Kevin Cooney
740: Kyle Cleveland
739: JJ
738: Bruce Stronach
737: Yoichiro Dennis Ide
736: Mike Garrett
735: Hiroki Suehara
734: Rise and Shrine
733: Patrik Washburn
732: Michael Bumgardner
731: Patricia Bader-Johnston
730: Darin Maki
729: Hiroshi Fujimaki
728: Misha Janette
727: Jon Mitchell
725: Hokuto Konishi
724: Rita Lamah Hankach
723: Kisui Nakazawa
722: Angela Jeffs
721: Simon Wood
720: Yasuko Yokoyama
715: Jason Kelly
714: Dominica Serigano
713: Erik Gain
712: Genevieve Maylam
711: Masahiro Gono
710: Eikou Sumura
709: Eikou Sumura
708: Malcolm Thompson
707: Makiko Tsuji
706: Dominic Allen
705: Maria Heitanen
704: Beckie Cassidy
703: Jett Edwards
702: Yoshinobu Furuichi
701: Silvestre Jacobi
700: Jah-Light Sound System
699: Daniel Velazques
698: Lynne Charles
697: Eric Bragg
695: Susan Nichols
694: Anna Kunnecke
693: Kenneth Pechter
692: Kazu Wakui
691: Antonio Inoki
690: Hiroko Noguchi
689: Richard Bysouth
688: Eric Bjorndahl
687: Andrew Shuttleworth
686: Sayuri Suzuki
685: Yurie Hatanaka
684: Miogi Takii
683: Thierry Cohen
682: Ahmed M. Elmardi
681: Aya Kitagawa
680: Suzanne Ng and Yoriko Soma
679: Ricco DeBlank
677: Takenari Shibata
676: Kirk R. Patterson
675: Satoko Yahata
674: Flavia Nishimura
673: Ryo Shoji
672: Chip Eckton
671: Yuko Ito
670: Marja Kullberg
669: Laur Meyrieux
668: Slavomir Stanislaw Kowalewski
667: Ryan McGuire
664: Life force
663: Steve Marshall
662: Jeff Klein
661: Ahn Soon Han
660: Straight shooter
659: Marcello Pietrantonio
658: Glitterball 2006
657: Alison Roberts-Brown
656: Girl on the go
655: Rob Hoey
654: Kahori Ochi
653: Ed Wells
652: Haruka Orth
651: Laura Cook
650: Uleshka Asher
649: Full speed ahead
648: Katsumi Namekata
647: Top talent
646: No heels, no life
645: Joanna Roper
644: Lu Nagata
643: Kirill Konin
642: Gabriele Roberto
641: Carlos Gibbs
640: Blair Falahey
639: The Three Waiters
638: Simon Woodroffe
637: Tony Virili
636: Paul W. Creager
635: Randy Channell
634: Mari Takeuchi
633: Stephanie Schueller
632: Tara Tan Kitaoka
631: Katherine Mok
630: Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi
629: Tommy Kullberg
628: Toshio Nagashima
627: Eiko Kondo
626: Embrey Ramon Williams
625: Neil Day
624: Mong-Lan
623: Tor Hideki Kashio
622: Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
621: Louis Carlet
620: Theo Panagiotoulias
619: Lionel Gougne
618: Sarajean Rossitto
617: Christian Hassing
616: Kiho Takashima
614-615: David Wagner
613: Heather Stuart
612: Erica Angyal
611: Jack McLean
610: Fumine Yakumo
609: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi
608: Yoko Hijikata
607: Jim Frederick
605: Yuka Murakami
604: Chayne Ellis
603: Marco Antonio Nakata
602: Kicking Back
601: Stand by your man
600: Hero worship
599: The Candy man
598: Heart strings
597: Sweet and sour
596: Subtitle subtleties
595: The right moves
594: Mother’s day
593: The clone ranger
592: A career kicks off
591: Woman of substance
590: Final conflict
589: World Ready for ‘War’
588: Fun in the sun
587: New life for an old hero
586: Fun and games
585: Knockout punch
584: Patrick’s day
583: Marcia marches on
582: Brunch break
581: Kingdom come
580: Gentle as a beast
579: Prime time
578: Devil of a time
577: In first Gere
576: Bright spark
575: Rei of sunshine
574: A star is reborn
573: In search of geisha
572: Marshall law
571: In the Nic of time
570: Holding a grudge
569: Bourne again
568: Soap opera
567: Alexander and friends
566: Oceans apart
565: A night at the opera
564: Just joshing
563: McPain in the neck
561-562: Hanks for everything
560: Reading between the Klines
559: Risqué business
558: Sky highs
557: Korean boom
556: Queen Victoria
555: Glitter Ball
554: Peter Miller
553: Ralph Frehner
552: Dimension K
551: Tokyo Game Show
550: US Embassy
549: I, Robot Premiere
548: Mauve
547: Xterra Japan
546: Earth Celebration
545: Idée R-bar
544: Laforet Museum
543: Hara Museum
542: Fuji Rock Festival’04
541: Bunkamura Museum of Art

the scene


DJs, dancers, aerial performers and more let it for fly "Zoom" at Ageha@Studio Coast

Clockwise from top left: DJ Danny Rampling, an aerial performer, Reiko Yuyama and Minet Kitagawa with party organizer Monty, DIMENSION K director Daisuke Kawase and actress Mayumi Tomiyama, Giles Walker of Mutoid Waste Company
Photos by Juan Barrio





star struck

Live and learn
A little English goes a long way with actress Yumiko Shaku
By Chris Betros

Like most Japanese, Yumiko Shaku had an aversion to learning English when she was in high school. Her classes were boring and she was afraid to speak out loud. But now the 26-year-old actress has put her fears behind her as she co-hosts NHK's popular Monday night program Eigo Shabera Naito (You Should Speak English) along with Patrick Harlan, Kazuya Matsumoto and navigator Jon Kabira.

The 30-minute program features the happy-go-lucky group chatting with Japanese celebrities who can speak English about their experiences overseas. Foreign movie stars and singers visiting Japan often make guest appearances. Shaku's first test came last year shortly after the show debuted when producers asked her to interview Cameron Diaz in English about Charlie's Angels. "I was so nervous, but we managed. Diaz came back this year for Shrek 2 and was amazed at how much my English had improved. At least I don't have a complex about it anymore," said Shaku, who most recently enjoyed hamming it up with Will Smith when the actor planted ten kisses on her at the premiere of I, Robot.

Shaku is constantly cheerful during this, her first interview with English media. Born in Tokyo, she got a taste of English when she had a one-month homestay in Oregon at 14. Her desire to get better at English piqued when she starred in the 2001 Hong Kong movie Princess Blade. "I could understand what the director was saying to me, but I couldn't really express myself," she said. After starring in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and the fantasy TV series Sky High, Shaku was approached to be on Eigo Shabera Naito, now in its second year.

"I was concerned at first, but knew I would have no better opportunity to learn English, and it's such a fun team," she says of Harlan and Matsumoto. "We get a lot of feedback from viewers of all ages. At first, many said their English was the same level as me and they were really enjoying the chance to improve by watching the program. It's like they were studying together with me. A lot of viewers commented on the program we did on location in South Korea."

Shaku says she like alternating between movies and Eigo Shabera Naito. "Movies are make-believe; this program is more natural, I can be myself," she explains. When she's not working, Shaku likes to pursue her hobby of jazz dancing. One growing area of interest for her concerns children's issues, which stems from Sky High. "I played the gatekeeper at a celestial world where the souls of those who were killed by another or committed suicide were sent. I had to decide whether they go to heaven or hell. The series made me think more about life and death, especially the appalling increase in violence toward children in Japanese society."

Photo credit: Chris Betros




Owen Jones

A technology specialist based in Tokyo since 2001, Owen Jones has long dreamed of trekking to the South Pole. On October 26, the 44-year-old Englishman will make that dream a reality as he leaves Japan for Punta Arenas, Chile. From there, Jones and his four teammates will fly to Patriot Hills, an icy airstrip near the edge of Antarctica, before commencing their 1,170km journey across the frozen continent. Once the trip is under way, Jones' progress can be monitored at www.duesouth.jp.

How long, and how, have you trained?
I've been training since November last year, back-country skiing in Hakuba, and doing general fitness training on the Nordic Track ski machine, working out in the gym, and hiking Mount Fuji and the Tanzawa trail numerous times. For the last three weeks I've been pulling car tires every morning around my local neighborhood in Nishi-Azabu.

What is the attraction with Antarctica?
I first remember being interested in Antarctica about 20 years ago-I recall being very envious of a friend who managed to over-winter at one of the British bases there. In 1997, commercial tours to Antarctica became available, and I went to the Antarctic peninsula on my honeymoon. I determined that I would return at some point, although I certainly didn't imagine then that I would undertake a walk of the magnitude I am now preparing for.

How will you celebrate upon reaching the South Pole?
By planting some flags made by my children. I also hope to have a shower at the American base there. After 60-70 days working hard on the ice in the same clothes without any way of cleaning ourselves, we will probably be rather smelly.

What's your favorite Antarctic creature?
It has to be the Emperor Penguin. The males incubate the eggs while standing huddled together in the bitter cold of the Antarctic winter-they don't eat and lose half their body weight. They only get relieved when the female returns to feed and raise the newly hatched chick three months later.

You are also doing this to raise money for charity. What organizations will benefit?
I'm raising money for Save the Children, ActionAid and Friends of the Earth.

What will you miss most about Tokyo while you're gone?
Sleeping on a comfortable futon and not having to pull a 70kg sled every day! CN

Photo credit: Ruth Davis